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December 2018: A West Country Christmas – Dorset in December

Thomas Hardy’s celebration of Christmas in Dorset in his early novel Under the Greenwood Tree is perhaps second only to A Christmas Carol (a version ...More
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John Barry

Knighthoods may go to rather worthy conductors and composers of cats-and-cutlery music, but by 2100 they will be long forgotten; John Barry will not. Barry, who died on January 30, was the Mozart of the Movies: he produced an endless stream of brilliant melodies; was hugely prolific; and shifted easily between genres – in his case cinematic: historical epic (Zulu, The Lion in Winter); thriller (The Ipcress File); geography-as-star (Out of Africa, Walkabout); even zany comedy (Howard the Duck). Inextricably associated with the James Bond series, his music perhaps the only reason for enduring the Roger Moore versions, the lush string and brass sound he developed for it defined Bond style. But Barry was never one-dimensional, exploring instrumentation from the mouth organ of The Chase to the synthesiser of The Persuaders; a jazz musician who wrote pop songs and musicals. A five-time Oscar-winning musical hero.

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